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Monday, February 26, 2007

March is really Month of the Contest Deadline

I just can't say the word no lately. :)
Well, perhaps that isn't really true.
I can say no to my kids and husband just fine. :)

It's the contest judging I'm talking about. I want to be helpful. I want to give back. I know judges are in high demand. I know contest coordinators truly appreciate me volunteering my time.
But somebody needs to stop me. I'm crazy to take on any more.
I'm judging for several contests and all of them are due sometime in March.

I'm going to take a week to get through all my obligations...then it's back to my writing. :)
I already miss my characters.

The good news is that I've been very fortunate with the contest entries I've received.
So far they are pretty good.

If anyone needs me...I'll be reading.
I can certainly think of worse things to do. :)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ecataromance has announced the 2006 Reviewers' Choice Nominees

And I have two books up for the honor again this year. Yea!

The Executive's Wife

Congratulations! The Executive's Wife is a 2006 Ecataromance Reviewers' Choice Award Nominee

Lara Santiago

5 Stars: "Once again Lara Santiago has written an intriguing and engaging story in The Executive's Wife. Having waited ever so patiently for this follow up to The Miner's Wife , I can honestly say it was worth it. Sophie and Matt have an explosive chemistry which is immediately apparent. Initially, they are concerned with the employer/employee relationship but once the Tiberius Group institutes its changes, all bets are off. Matt will use any means at his disposal to get the one woman he wants. Sophie's character may seem a little unruffled at first, but it is soon obvious that she's got a will of steel and will do anything in her power to help those that she loves. The premise of this story follows the previous in that Matt is bio-genetically engineered but there are subtle differences. The adversity that they immediately face in their marriage adds an intensity and urgency to their relationship which is revealed in their frequent lovemaking. In addition to all of that, this well paced story also has a lot of suspense and even a few surprising twists in the plot. The Executive's Wife is a must read for fans of Ms. Santiago as well as the Wives Tales." —Trang, Ecataromance


The Lawman's Wife

Congratulations! The Lawman's Wife is a 2006 Ecataromance Reviewers' Choice Award Nominee

Lara Santiago

4.5 Stars: "As the third book in the Wives Tales, The Lawman's Wife definitely delivers. Ms. Santiago paints a picture of oppression and desperation for Grace and other women. Even with her painful past, Grace manages to be a sweet woman and wonderful mother and when Jonathan rescues her – both times – he is the only man who has ever showed her any gentleness. In addition, he's the only man to ever excite her. Jonathan believes he's only rescuing Grace because of sympathy but in fact, his feelings run much deeper. Their struggle to beat the clock to become man and wife, build a relationship and try to keep their little family together despite a sexual predator makes for one fantastic finish to this trilogy. This fast paced story is one that will draw you in and have you wishing for more." — Trang, Ecataromance

It's already been a fabulous week for me and it's only Tuesday!

I'm in serious writing mode lately and have been for a while.
I'll try to pop my head up and check on things as my muse allows. :)
I expect this busy trend will last well into May. :)
And still...I wish I could write faster.

Monday, February 19, 2007

At long last...

The Blonde Bomb Tech is on the Fictionwise Highest Rated books page at #2 today.
Check it out:
Fictionwise Best Sellers and Highest Rated

If you scroll down to the Highest Rated for Romance...I'm right next to Nora Roberts. :):)

Friday, February 16, 2007

How did I get so far behind?

Every morning I wake filled with hope that I might get caught up with things.
Every evening before bed I wonder where the day went.

I'd rather be writing and I've managed to get a few words down...but mostly I feel like I'm just losing ground everyday. :)

It's Friday!!!
Where did my week go? It was a blur.
What did I do?

I read a great book. (The Demon of Pelican Bluff by Jennifer Colgan. - Fabulous!)
I started on some contest entries.
I chatted on loops, I blogged once.
I did homework for an on-line class. (need to do more)
I paid bills.
I did laundry, dishes, cooking, grocery shopping....
I stared at the pink roses my husband brought me for Valentine's Day...frequently. Then I buried my face in the blossoms and inhaled...frequently. Could fragrant flowers be the reason I'm so far behind?

Maybe not. I'm just having one of those days where I'm a gerbil running on a wheel going no where fast.

I have no less than 1,000 things to do...and all I can think about is how much I want a nap right now.
It's not even 9 am yet!

I haven't had coffee.
Perhaps that would help.

I'll let you know.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Blonde Bomb Tech is at Fictionwise

The Blonde Bomb Tech is now at Fictionwise.
And it's on sale for 20% off as a new addition for this first week.

Click HERE to check it out!



Sunday, February 11, 2007

What was the first romance book you ever read?

This was a question on a recent chat I went to.
Thanks, Gracie. :)

The first romance book I ever read was Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.

My cousin and I were chatting on the phone (we had some marathon sessions back then) and she was babysitting. She was telling me about this really great book she was reading. She read me the blurb on the back cover...and I was hooked.
I got a copy from my next door neighbor and devoured it. :)
I think I read it in a day or two.
To this day it's one of my favorites.

My question of the day is...what was the first romance book you ever read?
Is it still one of your favorites?

Friday, February 09, 2007

Free books at the Siren Publishing Chat - February 10, 2007

Don't miss the chat at the Siren Publishing Yahoo Books Group tomorrow, February 10, 2007. 10 am to 10 pm EST
It will be lots of fun! And you can win FREE BOOKS! :)

Plus you can chat with me, ask me questions, read excerpts, so many things...

Click here for details: Siren Publishing Chat




FEB. 10, 2007

10 am to 10 pm EST

12 random drawings from all messages posted during chat hours. Winners will be announced Sunday, Feb. 11 at 10:00 am EST. Winners choose any e-book from Siren's current releases, including the following March electronic releases:

Arabian Pearl by Emma Wildes

Made for Each Other by Morgan Ashbury

Body Heart and Soul by Samantha Lucas

Nine Inches of Snow and the Ebony Princess by Gracie C. McKeever

You can also win any of my electronic releases.

Click on the following titles to see my covers, blurbs and excerpts:

The Miner's Wife

The Executive's Wife

The Lawman's Wife

Just A Kiss

Just One Embrace

The Blonde Bomb Tech

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Writing down the Words I like

Do you ever hear a word and think...what a great word? I should write it down and use it in a sentence five times so I won't forget it. Plus people will think I'm smart. :)
Perhaps my 'little' discovery is merely a throw back to the word of the day calendars popular long ago. :)
(no I'm not dating myself...I was a mere child back then)

The other day, while pondering a book I needed to get going on, I realized I was hearing these really great words. So I started writing them down. I don't know why, but this sent a creative landslide into my brain and the next day I wrote 3,500 words towards my latest manuscript.

The funny thing...these weren't words I planned to use in the story I was working on, they were just words that I liked the sound of.
For example here are a few I jotted down during my day from watching television:

Cool words, huh? :):)

I plan to use this little excercise from now on to jump start my creative brain in to high speed functioning.
Try it out and see if it helps you with your writing.

This is not limited to writers either.
I'll bet some fabulous grocery lists will be created based on my method. ;)
Good luck.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


The print version of The Wives Tales will be available for purchase in March 2007.
It includes The Miner's Wife, The Executive's Wife, & The Lawman's Wife.

In the meantime if you'd like to purchase any of these in e-book format...
Fictionwise seems to be having a sale on all my books this week.
If there are any you'd like to pick is a good time. :)
Check it out soon. I'm not sure how long the great prices will last.

The Lawman's Wife

The Miner's Wife

The Excutive's Wife

Just A Kiss

Just One Embrace

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